As part of Second Harvest’s mission to end hunger in Louisiana, nutrition education programming teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Beginning in 2012, Second Harvest staff and a team of volunteer educators have helped more than 1,800 low-income families in communities across the state learn how to eat better for less. Our programs include:
• Cooking Matters – 6-week cooking, nutrition, and food budgeting courses at community centers, local nonprofits, libraries, and schools. Each week we have an interactive nutrition lesson, teach hands-on cooking skills, and eat together as a community. Every adult participant receives groceries to take home and a graduation gift.
• Cooking Matters at the Store – 90-minute guided nutrition tours through local grocery stores. We discuss reading labels, comparing prices, identifying whole grains, and tips to stretch your food dollar. Each participant receives a cookbook, bag, and $10 of healthy groceries of their choice.
• Cooking Matters at the Store Pop-Up Tours – 60-minute virtual grocery store tours at Head Start Centers, WIC clinics, local libraries, and farmers’ markets. We discuss reading labels, comparing prices, identifying whole grains, and tips to stretch your food dollar. Each participant receives a cookbook and bag.
• Harvesting Health – 5 to 20 minute community-based nutrition education lessons for clients attending food pantry distributions.
Contact us: To host or volunteer for nutrition education programs, or if you are interested in helping to underwrite these important educational resources, please contact Kate McDonald, Nutrition Education Supervisor, at 504-729-2840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.